Since 1990 SEPM has published three of the Committee's K-12 resource volumes.

Click on any of the Committee's three book titles below to see a general description of its contents and its table of contents. Selected titles from these books are available on-line: within the table of contents, click on highlighted titles to link to that activity. If you wish to see a list of on-line activities and the age group for which each activity is targeted, click here.

Hands-on Geology: K-12 Activities and Resources

This is a resource book for people interested in K-12 earth science education. The book includes 22 geology activities with teacher's guides. Activities range from basic sedimentary geology and paleontology (e.g., growing crystals, measuring sediment-settling rates, invertebrate fossils, dinosaurs and evolution) to applied geology (e.g., acid rain and copper exploration). A material- and information-resource list is included. This book is useful to both teachers and geologists who work with teachers and children.

Contents

Introduction

Part I: Activities

 Title of Activity

Author(s)
Page
Growing Crystals Matthew A. Beebe 1
Pattern and Design in Nature Lauret Savoy 4
Settling Sediments Steven Roof 5
How Fast Do Sediment Grains of Different Sizes Settle? Molly F. Miller 7
Field Exercise: Stream Flow Dynamics & Sedimentation Daniel J. Bisaccio and Donald L. Woodrow 13
Quicksand Model James V. O'Connor and Donald L. Woodrow 15
No-Pain Taxonomy Nancy Harms 17
Making Sedimentary Rocks Steven Roof 19
Making Caves: The Soap Model James V. O'Connor, Wallace White, and Suellen Cabe 22
Hunting Invertebrate Fossils in the Classroom Jon. O. Garbisch 24
Fossil Excavation JoAnn Coburn and Susan Stover 28
Foot Vs. Footprint John R. Anderson, Jr. 30
Detective Work on Fossil Footprints Lauret Savoy and Steven Roof 33
New(?) Thoughts on Dinosaurs Brian J. O'Neill 38
Dinosaur Paleoecology: Determining the Diet of Ancient Animals David J. Davies 42
Future Zoo Susan Stover and JoAnn Coburn 46
Paleogeographic Mapping Linda E. Okland 50
Relative Time Robert B. Jorstad 53
As Time Goes By Sharon Stroud 58
Urban Rocks: Investigating Stone Used for Buildings and Monuments Joseph T. Hannibal and Mark T. Schmidt 63
Exploring for Copper Deposits M. R. Farr 68
Is the Earth Warming? A Test of the Effect of Increased Carbon Dioxide on the Thermal Properties of Air David J. Davies and Ernest W. Blakeney 77
Acid Rain and Geology Carol Mankiewicz 82

Part II: Resources (Compiled by Lauret E. Savoy and Steven R. Roof)

 Resources
 Page
 Catalogs, Supplies (government, non-commercial) 87
 Catalogs, Supplies (commercial) 90
 Curricula and Supplementary Materials 93
 National Geology and Science Organizations 95
 State Geological Surveys 97
 Earth Science Periodicals of Interest to Science Teachers 100
 Earth Science Books 100
 Earth Science Films and Videos 103

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On the Rocks: Earth Science Activities for Grades 1-8

This book includes activities from many fields of geology, not just sedimentary geology. It is aimed at grades one through eight, and contains 206 pages of activities and resources for classroom and field experiences with elementary school children.

Contents

Introduction

Activities

 Title of Activity

Author(s)
 Page
Trading in Gems JoAnn Coburn 1
Mystery Minerals Susan Morgan 4
The Case of the Unknown Mineral or Not Fooled by Fool's Gold Laure Wallace 7
Edible Crystal Lab Diana S. Lawton 9
This Rock is My Rock, This Rock is Your Rock Laure Wallace 18
How to Make Sedimentary Rocks: Heat, Pressure, Cement and (TIME) Eleanora I. Robbins and James V. O'Connor 20
Testing the Role of Cement and Abrasion on Sedimentary Rocks James V. O'Connor and Eleanora I. Robbins 22
Sedimentary Rocks: Rounding, Sorting, and Stratification Jill Schneiderman 26
Modeling an Active(!!) Explosive Volcano Molly F. Miller and Thomas C. Moyer 31
Volcanic Eruptions: An Analogy of Eruptive Types John R. Anderson, Jr. 33
Ground Liquifaction: A Demonstration of Building Designs and Soil Strength During Earthquakes Douglas W. Haywick 35
Why Do Hillsides Get Washed Away? or Does a Steep Slope Speed up Erosion? David J. Davies 38
Stable Angles of Slopes Marie Morisawa 45
Mass Wasting and the Angle of Repose: An Activity Illustrating How Slope Affects Landslide Potenetial Douglas W. Haywick 48
Measuring Permeabilities of Soil and Sand Robert D. Whisonant 51
Layer Cake Geology John R. Wagner 53
Understanding Earth's Interior: Gravitational Differentiation Marcia Bjornerud 58
The Distance Between Us and Them: Sea Floor Spreading in the Atlantic Ocean Karen L. Bice 60
Plate Movements and Climate Change Karen L. Bice 66
Brittle vs. Ductile Rock Deformation Marcia Bjornerud 69
How Much Water Is There? Barbara Liukkonen 71
Water Words Barbara Liukkonen 73
What Water Would You Drink? Barbara Liukkonen 74
Dilution Solution What Water Would You Drink? 79
Is Dilution the Solution to Pollution? What Water Would You Drink? 81
Ground Water Flow in a Milk Box G. Richard Whittecar 83
Density Currents David C. Kopaska-Merkel 88
Tooth Detectives: Determining the Diets of Extinct Animals James W. Westgate 94
Trace Fossils Carol Mankiewicz and Carl V. Mendelson 99
Tree Rings as Records of the Past Marcia Bjornerud 102
Processing Shale for Fossils Sara Marcus 103
Extracting Silicified Fossils from Limestone Mohammad Haneef and David Rohr 105
Making Molds and Casts of Fossils Jonena Hearst, Susan G. Stover, and Amy Sheldon 109
Dinosongs: Combining Music, Art and Science Diane Dupuy Whitney and Priscilla Armor 115
Recommended Geology and Dinosaur Books for Kids JoAnn Coburn and Laura K. Harmon 123
We're On the Map! Karen Berquist 126
Customized Topographic Maps and Relief Models Joseph T. Hannibal 128
Making a Clay Landscape Model Kenneth S. Coles 132
A Simple, Inexpensive Method for Making a 3-D Geologic Model of Your State Suellen Hopfer and Joseph T. Hannibal 138
States of Matter Kristin O. Dennen and William H. Dennen 142
Spaceship to Earth Nancy Lindsley-Griffin and Janet D. Wright 146
Exponential Growth: The Dice Game Robert D. Whisonant 150
Exponential Growth and Chain Reactions Art Landis and Linda K. Landis 155
Geology in the News David W. Mogk 160
Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Studying the Effects of an Earthquake Kenneth L. Verosub 163
Fenwick Island, Maryland and Beyond: Who Owns the Sand? Laure Wallace 169
The Energy Game: Finding Energy Resources DeWayne Backhus 177
Where is Oil Found? Brian J. O'Neill 180
Why Do We Need Petroleum? David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Brian J. O'Neill, and Sheila Kopaska-Merkel 182
Plotting the Petroleum Plume Linda D. Morse 189
Paper Cycle/ Recycling Bin William & Mary Recycling Organization 197
What Do The FBI and Laundry Detergents Have in Common? Robert B. Finkelman 200

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